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See definition of purposive on Dictionary.com
  • as indeliberate
  • as inpurposeful
  • as inuseful

synonyms for purposive

  • calculated
  • careful
  • cautious
  • cold-blooded
  • conscious
  • meticulous
  • premeditated
  • prudent
  • purposeful
  • studious
  • thoughtful
  • willful
  • advised
  • considered
  • designed
  • express
  • fixed
  • intended
  • judged
  • planned
  • pondered
  • prearranged
  • predetermined
  • projected
  • purposed
  • reasoned
  • resolved
  • schemed
  • studied
  • weighed
  • aforethought
  • cut-and-dried
  • designful
  • done on purpose
  • predesigned
  • predeterminate
  • prepense
  • provident
  • scrupulous
  • thought-out
  • voluntary
  • wary
  • with forethought
  • witting
See also synonyms for: purposively / purposiveness

antonyms for purposive

MOST RELEVANT
  • careless
  • heedless
  • ignorant
  • imprudent
  • inattentive
  • incautious
  • thoughtless
  • uncareful
  • unmindful
  • indefinite
  • unplanned
  • chance
  • indeterminate
  • unintentional
  • unmethodical
  • unsystematic
  • unwitting
  • awkward
  • bad
  • disadvantageous
  • disagreeable
  • harmful
  • hurtful
  • impotent
  • improper
  • inappropriate
  • incapable
  • inconvenient
  • injurious
  • misbehaving
  • unacceptable
  • unfitting
  • unhandy
  • unhelpful
  • unproductive
  • unskilled
  • unsuitable
  • unsuited
  • useless
  • worthless
  • unusable
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How to use purposive in a sentence

We may have become nicer as individuals, but we’ve also become better at organizing and using purposive violence.
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Will these ill-effects disappear with the realisation of the modern efforts for a purposive and deliberate sexual enlightenment?
THE SEXUAL LIFE OF THE CHILDALBERT MOLL
The first act is thus for us, the thinkers, not a part of the causal events, but a purposive intention towards an ideal.
PSYCHOTHERAPYHUGO MNSTERBERG
And now this may be said at once: the causal view only is the view of psychology; the purposive view lies outside of psychology.
PSYCHOTHERAPYHUGO MNSTERBERG
No doubt in our daily life, our purposive interest and our causal interest may intertwine at any moment.
PSYCHOTHERAPYHUGO MNSTERBERG
The purposive view of inner life ought not to be in question when the patient enters the doctor's office.
PSYCHOTHERAPYHUGO MNSTERBERG
These organs are now no longer useful, but they p. 142once were so, and were therefore once purposive, though not so now.
SELECTIONS FROM PREVIOUS WORKSSAMUEL BUTLER
In this case there is absolutely nothing to be done by Reinke's "dominants," or conscious and purposive vital forces.
THE WONDERS OF LIFEERNST HAECKEL
From the days of Plato to our own times, there have been but few objectors to the teleological or purposive view of nature.
EVOLUTION, OLD & NEWSAMUEL BUTLER
These organs are now no longer useful, but they once were so, and were therefore once purposive, though not so now.
EVOLUTION, OLD & NEWSAMUEL BUTLER
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